Kings strong second half gets them win over OKC 122-106

Sacramento Kings guard Terence Davis (9) guards Oklahoma City Thunder guard Svi Mykhailiuk (14) in the first quarter at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Tue May 11, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings (31-38) were back in action on Tuesday night. The Kings last played on Sunday in Sacramento against the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-49). On Tuesday, they were matched up against those same Thunder. The Kings would play the Thunder in three of the last five games after Tuesday night. On Tuesday, the Kings downed the Thunder 122-106. However, before we talk about Tuesday’s matchup let’s discuss the Kings win against the Thunder on Sunday.

Flashback Sunday: The Kings have handled the Thunder in 2021. On Sunday, it was no different. The Kings managed to bet the Thunder by a convincing margin 126-98. The key to the King’s victory was defense. This year, the theme in Kings victory has been defense. If the Kings are competent on the defensive end they have a chance to win. The Kings downed the Thunder on Sunday by keeping them below 100 points.

Tuesday night game recap: The Kings were set to take on the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at 7 PM PST in Sacramento. It would be the Kings third game in the last game against the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder.

In the first half, the Thunder outplayed the Kings. Specifically, in the first quarter where the Thunder outscored the Kings 32-27. For a team without much offensive firepower, the Thunder boomed on offense. In the second quarter, the Thunder didn’t slow down.

Yet, the Kings managed to outslug the Thunder in the second quarter. The Kings outscored the Thunder 35-33 in the second quarter to close the gap heading into halftime. The Thunder would enter halftime up 65-62 looking to snap the losing streak against the Kings.

In the second half, the Kings had plans for the Thunder. The Kings came out of the gate in the third with authority as they pummelled the Thunder by outscoring them 41-18. It may well have been the best quarter the Kings have played this season as the defensive intensity and offensive output had greatly increased from the first half.

The third quarter would give the Kings momentum and catapult them to a 102-83 lead heading into the final 12 minutes. In the fourth quarter, it was merely academic. The Kings offense cooled and the Thunder outscored them 23-19 in the final quarter.

However, that comeback would fall woefully short. The Kings beat the Thunder for the third straight time by the final of 122-106. In the game, the Kings got solid performances from Terence Davis, Buddy Hield, and Delon Wright who all scored more than 20 points.

Davis seems to have taken on more of a scoring role in the absence of De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton. Davis led the Kings scoring 27 points on Tuesday night. For the Thunder, they were led in defeat by Kenrich Williams who scored 20 points.

Up Next: The Kings head to Memphis on Thursday to take on the Memphis Grizzlies at 5 PM PST. The Kings have three games remaining on the season as they are 2.5 games back of the 10th place Spurs in the standings.

Kings Destroy OKC 126-98

The Sacramento Kings Maurice Harkless (8) scores on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s  forward Aleksej Pokusevski (17) at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Sun May 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

Kings Destroy OKC 126-98

By Barbara Mason

While it has been a disappointing season for the Sacramento Kings they have been playing some pretty good basketball in their past few games. They have been good in the absence of DeAaron Fox who was cleared to rejoin the team two days ago.

With only four game left in the season a good finish would be something for fans to take with them into the next season, a season that will more than likely have a larger crowd able to attend games. It would also be nice for fans to be able to see Fox in the final four but he is not playing tonight and there is no certainty about the final three.

Rookie Tyrese Haliburton is out for the season with a knee injury. The good news is that the injury is not as serious as previously thought. He avoided what could have been a very significant injury. Buddy Hield was back after being cleared.

Tonight the Kings took on the OKC Thunder. The Kings are in twelfth place and the Thunder in thirteenth place. Neither team will be making an appearance in this year’s playoffs.

In the first quarter of this game the Kings came out strong and as the clock ran out they led by the score of 33-25. They had at one time during the quarter led by twelve points. Maurice Harkless had the high score for the quarter with 12 points.

At the half, the Kings had really taken control of the game and led by the score of 71-51. Harkless finished the half with 16 points and Buddy Hield had entered the game in the first quarter. Terence Davis was terrific off the bench with 13 points in twelve minutes of play.

After three quarters the Kings led by an impressive 106-71. The final score was 126-98. The Kings clearly dominated in this game although the Thunder did outscore them in the fourth quarter 27-20. The bench was instrumental in this win with 51 points.

The Kings will be back on court Tuesday night taking on OKC one more time. Tipoff is at 7:00PM.

Warriors crush OKC Thunder 136-97; Curry unstoppable with 49 points

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) hits a three pointer while being defended by the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Isaiah Roby (22) at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sat May 8, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oklahoma City Thunder had the misfortune of playing the Warriors two days after the Warriors beat them by 21 points Thursday night. The Warriors’ all-world performer, Stephen Curry, had another magnificent game.

Curry had all his shots working for him as he led the Warriors to a blowout win 136-97 over the young OKC team. Curry started the game with two threes to give the Warriors an early 6-0 win. He showed the fans and every in the NBA that he continues to be the best shooter in the league’s history. Curry finished the night with 11 threes in 21 tries. The OKC players had to be thankful they don’t play the Warriors again this season.

The Thunder’s only lead came early in the first period. They led 10-8. Curry, along with Draymond Green and Juan Toscano-Anderson, kept the barrage of threes coming. Curry finished with five from downtown in the first quarter. Green had a three-pointer and five points total in the period. JTA was a force on both ends of the court. The Warriors won the quarter 37-25.

The Warriors’ second unit with Jordan Poole, Mychael Mulder, Kent Bazemore kept the pedal on the gas tank. The Warriors led OKC 55-35 when Green, Andrew Wiggins, and Curry checked in. Green made two threes. Curry connected on his sixth three of the first half, and the Warriors led by 25 points 74-48.

The Thunder, if they had any chance to win the game, had to win the third quarter. It was not going to be easy as Curry and the first unit were on the floor to start the period. The Warriors stopped the OKC offense as Golden State won the third quarter 33-19 to increase to lead 106-67. The game was over. A team can’t overcome a 39-point deficit with 12 minutes left to play.

Curry and Green did not have to play in the fourth quarter. Most players in the NBA are probably drooling over Curry’s performance. Curry’s brother, Seth, tweeted him to “cut it out.” Curry played 29 minutes and finished with 49 points and 11 threes. The Warriors second unit increased led by 48 132-84. The Thunder’s reserves outscored the Curry by seven the rest of the way. The Warriors win 136-97.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors improve to 35-33 with four games left in the regular season. The Warriors are in eighth place in the Western Conference. OKC falls to 21-47. They are in 13th place in the Western Conference

As mentioned above, Curry led the team with 49. Andrew Wiggins finished with 18. Green had another double-double with 15 points, five rebounds, and 13 assists. Kevon Looney tallied three points, but he pulled down twelve rebounds. Juan Toscano-Anderson scored 12 points to go along with nine boards and five assists. Juan was two-for-six from downtown. Jordan Poole had 16 points. He connected on four threes. Mychal Mulder made three threes for nine points. 

The Warriors shot 58% from the floor. They shot 50% from the three-point range. They were 27-for-54 from downtown. The Warriors outrebounded the Thunder 54-47. The Warriors recorded 31 assists on 47 made field goals. The offense was humming Saturday night.

Svi Mykhailuk led the OKC offense with 17 points. Luguentz Dort had 16, Darius Bazley 11, Kenrich Williams 13, Jaylen Hoard 13, and Theo Maledon 10.

The Warriors face the Utah Jazz Monday night. It will be a tougher task for the Warriors as the Jazz own the best record in the Conference 50-18. The Warriors beat the Jazz the last time the two teams met. The Jazz’ Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have a score to settle with the Warriors. 

The game will be at the Chase Center Monday Night. The game will start at 7 pm.

Warriors start final six games of season with win over Oklahoma City 118-97

The Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) jumps after taking a three point shot that misses in the first half against Oklahoma City Thunder defender Isiah Roby (22) at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Thu May 6, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors Warriors (34-33) started the final stretch of the regular NBA season with a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-46) Thursday night at the Chase Center. The Warriors lead wire to wire to win 118-97. The Warriors were facing a team that had gone from a team with title aspirations several years ago to a team hoping to rebuild through the draft.

Under head coach Mark Daigneault, the Thunder came into Thursday night’s game with a record of 21-45. OKC is tied with Orlando for the fourth-worst record in the NBA. They are one game better than the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have the third-best odds in the draft lottery.

The Thunder’s best play, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, did not play due to a tear in his plantar fascia. Most of the players in the Thunder’s starting lineup have names not well known to Warriors fans. Their starters are Darius Bazley, Kaguentz Dort, Moses Brown, Isaiah Roby, and Theo Maledon.

Behind Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, and Kent Bazemore, the Warriors finished the first quarter leading 31-23. The Warriors second unit kept the Thunder from closing the gap. OKC closed within four 44-40. Curry came back onto the court and hit a couple of threes to help the Warriors finish the first half with a 12-point lead 61-49. Curry led the team with 17 points.

In the third quarter, Curry put another 17 points on the board. Curry connected four times from downtown. The Warriors increased the lead to 16 88-72 after three periods of play.

The Warriors second unit was in control for the entire fourth quarter. Steve Kerr did not have to use Curryuntil late in the period. Mychal Mulder rained down threes on the Thunder. He connected on five threes. Mulder’s hot hand led the Warriors to a 25-point advantage 108-83. Jordan Poole and Mulder finished the scoring for Golden State as they won 118-97.

Game Notes and Stats-With the win, the Warriors are 34-33 for the year. They are in eighth place in the Western Conference 1/2 game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies. The Thunder’s record is 21-46.

Curry had another game with more than 30 points. Curry finished the night with 34 points, four rebounds, and seven assists. He was 11-for-21 from the floor, and he made six threes in 13 attempts. Mulder had quite a night. Mulder’s knocked down 25 points.

Mulder was 9-for-15 from the floor, and he made seven threes in 13 tries. Other players in double figures were Andrew Wiggins with 18, Poole 14, and Kent Bazemore with 13. Draymond Green’s line was five points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. Kevon Looney pulled down ten boards.


The Warriors shot 49% from the floor. They made 19 threes. The Warriors outrebounded the Thunder 58-45. Golden State recorded 36 assists on 42 field goals. The stat indicated good ball movement.

The scoring leaders for OKC were Darius Bazley with 23, Theo Maledon 15, and Ty Jerome, coming off the bench, 23. Jerome knocked down three threes in a losing effort.

Warriors’ next game Saturday night against the Thunder at the Chase Center in San Francisco for 7 pm tip.

Sacramento Kings report: Royal Flush Kings win five out of last six; Sac beats Indiana 104-93 for four straight wins

Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III led the Kings in scoring with 31 points on Wed May 5, 2021 against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis (AP News photo)

by Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night. The Kings last played the day before on Tuesday in Oklahoma City. We will get to that game in a minute. However, on Wednesday night the Kings were able to beat the Indians Pacers on the road by the final of 104-93. Before we get into that game, let’s quickly discuss Tuesdays game in Oklahoma City.

Flashback Tuesday: The Kings went into Oklahoma City and played a solid game. They held the Thunder to 99 points and managed to eclipse the 100 point mark themselves. It was defense that won the Kings the game. He Kings beat the Thunder by the final of 103-99.

Wednesday Night Recap: The Kings were set to take on the Indiana Pacers at 5 PM PST on Wednesday night. It was the final game of the road trip for the Kings.

In the first half, the Kings handles the Pacers with ease. The first quarter saw the Kings outscore the Pacers 30-26 as Sacramento got out of the gate early. In the second quarter, it was good defense and more of the same on offense for the Kings. The Kings outscored the Pacers in the second quarter 26-21 to take a 56-47 lead into the intermission. The Kings would look to seal the deal in the second half of the game.

In the second half, the Kings remained solid! The third quarter saw the Kings outscore the Pacers again 29-21 as it appeared the Kings were on their way to victory. The Kings would finish the deal in the fourth quarter. Albeit, by being outscored 25-19 in the fourth quarter but the margin they had built held up in victory.

The Kings win was a great victory who were led by often injured center Marvin Bagley III. Marvin finished the game with 31 points and 12 rebounds. For the Pacers, they were led by Domantas Sabonis who scored 17 points in defeat.

Up Next: The Kings return home to take on the San Antonio Spurs at 7 PM PST in Sacramento

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors need win to maintain final playoff spot against Thunder on Thursday night

The New Orleans Pelicans Lonzo Ball led the Pelicans in scoring with 33 points against the Golden State Warriors on Tue May 4, 2021 (@PelicansNBA photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 Are the Golden State Warriors (33-33) going to be worthy of at least holding onto the last and final spot in the Western Conference as they struggled with the New Orleans Pelicans (30-36) on Tuesday night only to lose 108-103.

#2 Stephen Curry did all the heavy lifting once again. He did it on Monday night with 41 points in a game the Warriors won to defeat the Pelicans and on Tuesday night scoring 37 points in the loss of the second game.

#3 The Oklahoma City Thunder (21-45) who occupy 13th place in the Western Conference and lost on Tuesday night to the Sacramento Kings (28-37) 103-99 tip off at the Chase Center San Francisco on Thursday night another crucial game for the Warriors post season hopes.

Join David for the Warriors podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings defeat OKC 103-99 third straight win; Five wins in seven games

(@okcthunder photo)

Kings Win Third Straight Beating OKC

By Barbara Mason

With eight games left in the season the Sacramento Kings took on the OKC Thunder. Sacramento has had some nice wins in their last two games beating the Lakers and the Mavericks. The Thunder on the other hand were trying to stop a 3 game skid.

The Kings got a nice start and were leading after one quarter 25-20. The Thunder would continue to pressure the Kings in the second quarter remaining close until the final two minutes. The final minutes of the half were good ones for the Kings taking a significant lead 56-46 as time expired.

Buddy Hield had 12 points for the first half and Terence Davis was impressive with 13 points off the bench. Darius Bazley had 13 points for Oklahoma City.

Despite De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes out of the lineup, the Kings were holding their own. Barnes has missed the last three games with a groin injury and everything points to him missing a fourth game. Fox remains out on covid protocol. He is getting close to being able to return to the court.

After three quarters the Kings maintained their lead 81-69. Sacramento barely held on winning the game by the score of 103-99. The Thunder would outscore the kIngs in the fourth quarter 30-22 but came up just short. This was the King’s third win in a row. Buddy Hield finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds to squeak by the Thunder.

The Kings will be taking on the Pacers tomorrow night going for their fourth straight win. Tipoff is at 5:00 PM.

Warriors blow out Thunder 147-109; Curry stays hot with 42 points

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes for the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Moses Brown (above Curry) during Wed Apr 14, 2021 game in Oklahoma City (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors started the five-game road trip on the right foot Wednesday night. Stephen Curry had another brilliant performance with 42 points to lead Golden State to an easy 147-109 rout over the Oklahoma City Thunder. OKC is not the team it was when they had Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on their roster.

Their big center, Steve Adams, was traded. The lineup they put on the floor against the Warriors was full of players with a very short NBA resume. Even so, Golden State would become complacent; the Thunder could upset the Warriors apple cart.

The Warriors did not relinquish the lead after the teams were tied 5-5. The Thunder gave the Warriors a tussle, but Curry, Kent Bazemore, and Jordan Poole connected on threes to propel the Warriors to a 36-32 lead after 12 minutes of play.

The Warriors owned the second quarter. Jordan Poole was hot. He kicked in 11 points to give the Warriors the advantage 49-36. The Warriors outscored the Thunder 39-22 to finish the first half with a 75-54 lead. Curry paced the Warriors with 17 points. He connected on five threes in ten tries.

Poole had 14, and he made three threes. Kevon Looney had nine, Andrew Wiggins eight. Draymond Green had four points and ten assists. The Warriors had great ball movement as they recorded 24 assists on 27 made field goals. They played well on defense as they held the Thunder to 54 points.

As good as they played in the second quarter, the Warriors put fifty points on the board. Curry was on fire. Curry scored 25 points in the period. He connected on six threes. The Warriors led 125-83 after three quarters. Curry did not play in the fourth quarter. In his 29 minutes of playing time, he scored 42 points and made 11 threes. It was the eighth consecutive game that he scored 30 or more points.

Warrior head coach Steve Kerr did not have Curry, Looney, Wiggins, or Green on the court in the fourth quarter. Gary Payton, the second, on a ten-day contract, saw playing time. Payton, the son of Oakland’s own Gary Payton, recorded ten points and made a three.

He excelled on defense with four steals. Juan Toscano-Anderson, Alen Smailagic, Nico Mannion, and Jordan Poole finished up for the Warriors.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are 27-28 for the season. They have 17 games left on the schedule. The Warriors have won four of the last five games. OKC is 20-34. The Thunder is 0-8 for April.

The Warriors tied a franchise record with 24 made threes. The 50-point third quarter was the highest-scoring quarter by any team in the NBA this season.

Green had his 28th career double-double. The Warriors are 27-1 in those games. Curry had 42 points, six boards, and eight assists. He was 14-for-20 from the floor and made 11 threes in 16 attempts. The rest of the Warrior starters made significant contributions.

Kent Bazemore, starting in place of the injured Kelly Oubre, kicked in with 15 points. Bazemore made three threes in four tries. Wiggins had 16, Looney nine. Jordan Poole, coming off the bench, finished with 17 points. Poole knocked down three threes from downtown. Payton had ten points, one three, and four steals. 

The Warriors are on their way to Cleveland to play the Cavaliers. The Cavs record is 20-34. The game will start at 5 pm.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Schneider promoted to W’s CEO; Warriors in OKC tonight

Golden State Warriors team president and CEO Brandon Schneider takes over for former team president Rick Welts who will retire at the end of this season (file photo thesponsershipspace.com)

#1 Dave the Warriors promoting Brandon Schneider to team president and CEO after Rick Welts current president and CEO will retire at the end of this season. Schneider has worked 19 years with the team, and the last four as team chief revenue officer amongst his accomplishments he established innovative ticket sales which involved a luxury suite resale exchange, and was involved with naming rights for the Chase Center to name a few.

#2 David, talk about Stephen Curry’s accomplishment as the highest scorer in Golden State history surpassing Wilt Chamberlain on Monday night scoring 53 points against the Nuggets passing Chamberlain with 17,818 points to Chamberlain’s 17,783 points. Chamberlain left the Warriors in 1964 a scoring record that held for 57 years.

#3 The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently on a seven game losing streak as they host Golden State tonight. The Thunder in recent years have struggled and have not been the same since the days of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder coming into tonight’s game 13th in the Western Conference and 20-33 they have their work cut out for them and it doesn’t get any easier with the Warriors coming in and coming off that big win against Denver and a two game win streak. This being the first of five road games for Golden State.

Join David for the Warriors podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Brady starts to look for a new team; Severino the first Yankee out with injury; plus more

lasvegasjournalreview.com photo: Simulated photo of Tom Brady as he would like as quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 This will be the first time in quarterback Tom Brady’s career that he will be a free agent to choose what team he will go to.

#2 The New York Yankees continue to have those beginning of the season injuries as Yankees pitcher Luis Serverino will have Tommy John surgery on his elbow and will be out for the rest of the season

#3 The Olympic games in Tokyo are under threat from the Coronavirus epidemic. The IOC is close to canceling the games scheduled for July 24th

#4 The Sacramento Kings have won three straight game as they face Oklahoma City and Memphis. Although the Kings are unlikely to make post season they’re playing some consistent ball right now.

# 5 Spring training is here as the Giants will be looking at prospects that have shown their ability to hit many say they Giants will not be competitive this season.

London Marq does Headline Sports podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com